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Offseason | NBA Week 26

Bulls, Thunder complete Alex Caruso-Josh Giddey trade

Fri Jun 21 11:20am ET
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The Thunder and Bulls swapped guards on Friday, with Alex Caruso heading to Oklahoma City and Josh Giddey to Chicago.

Both teams announced the deal.

Caruso, 30, is entering the final year of his four-year, $36.98 million contract, and the Bulls get younger by adding the 21-year-old Giddey. The Thunder acquired a guard who was named to the NBA All-Defensive first team in 2022-23 and the second team in 2023-24.

Giddey, the sixth overall pick in the 2021 NBA Draft, started a career-high 80 games for the Thunder in 2023-24 and averaged 12.3 points, 6.4 rebounds and 4.8 assists. In 210 games (all starts) in his three NBA seasons, the Australian has career averages of 13.9 points, 7.3 rebounds and 5.7 assists.

Thunder general manager Sam Presti said Friday that the team and Giddey had differing thoughts on his future role with the team.

"When we drafted Josh in 2021 he was an essential aspect of our vision for the next iteration of the Thunder. Since then, our team has evolved rapidly and dynamically in ways we could never have anticipated," Presti said in a news release. "Therefore, as we began our internal discussions this offseason, it was determined that bringing Josh off the bench next season was our best option to maximize his many talents and deploy our team more efficiently over 48 minutes.

"As we laid out to Josh how he could lean into his strengths and ultimately optimize our current roster and talent, it was hard to for him to envision, and conversations turned to him inquiring about potential opportunities elsewhere. As always was the case, Josh demonstrated the utmost professionalism throughout the discussions. Josh has All-Star potential, but accessing that in the current construct of the Thunder would not be optimal for the collective. Based on these discussions we decided to move forward and prioritize what was best for the organization."

Caruso started his NBA journey with the Thunder, who signed him as an undrafted free agent on Sept. 23, 2016, and waived him less than a month later. The Lakers signed him to a two-way deal in 2017, and he spent four seasons in Los Angeles before signing as a free agent with the Bulls.

In 363 games (130 starts) for the Lakers (2017-21) and Bulls, Caruso has put up 6.8 points, 2.9 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.3 steals per contest. He won an NBA championship with L.A. in 2019-20 and earned the NBA Hustle Award for 2023-24.

Player Notes
Luka Doncic Sun Jun 23 9:50pm

According to NBA reporter Grant Afseth, Dallas Mavericks guard Luka Doncic (knee, ankle, chest) is uncertain to participate in the pre-Olympic qualifying tournament. The multi-time All-Star finished the 2023-24 campaign by averaging a career-high 33.9 points, 9.8 assists, 9.2 rebounds, and 1.4 steals. He played nearly as well in the postseason. However, Doncic battled various injuries while leading the Mavs to the NBA finals, including a thoracic contusion that required pain-killing injections. The Slovenian National Team's medical staff will determine if he's healthy enough to play. But there hasn't been anything to suggest Doncic won't be ready when the 2024-25 season commences in October, so managers should continue to expect him to go within the first few picks of fantasy drafts.

Oshae Brissett Sun Jun 23 6:20pm

According to NBA insider Keith Smith, Boston Celtics forward Oshae Brissett will decline his $2.5 million player option, making him an unrestricted free agent this summer. The veteran, who signed a two-year contract last June, appeared in 55 games for the C's during the 2023-24 campaign, averaging 3.7 points and 2.9 rebounds. While there's a good chance Brissett will find a new team, his production needs to improve before he finds his way onto any fantasy roster ahead of the 2024-25 season.

Malik Beasley Sun Jun 23 6:10pm

According to NBA insider Chris Haynes, impending free agent guard Malik Beasley isn't expected to return to Milwaukee. The 27-year-old appeared in 79 games for the Bucks during the regular season, averaging 11.3 points, 3.7 rebounds, and 1.4 assists. He also shot 41.3% from deep, making him among the most proficient three-point threats in the National Basketball Association. Unfortunately, Beasley didn't see the floor as often late in the season, negatively impacting his statistical contributions for fantasy managers. At any rate, with Milwaukee strapped for cash this offseason, the team can't afford Beasley, who could seek around $13 million. As such, his fantasy outlook will hinge on where he signs for the 2024-25 campaign.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Sun Jun 23 6:00pm

According to NBA insider Marc Stein, Denver Nuggets guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope may be on the Magic and 76er's radars. But first, he must decline his $15.4 million player option. TNT's Chris Haynes reported that KCP might decline his player option if he doesn't reach an extension agreement with the Nuggets before the deadline. However, even if he reaches unrestricted free agency, both sides could still work things out, although Philadelphia and Orlando have the cap space needed to make an enticing offer. The 31-year-old has played in Denver for the last two seasons, appearing in 76 games in each of them. He finished the 2023-24 campaign by averaging 10.1 points and shooting 40.6% from behind the arc. Caldwell-Pope will likely remain a starter wherever he ends up moving ahead, which isn't bad for fantasy purposes, even if he's not the most consistent producer.

Vlatko Cancar Sun Jun 23 1:30pm

The Denver Nuggets have declined the team option of forward Vlatko Cancar (knee). The 26-year-old suffered a torn ACL last summer and underwent surgery. As a result, he wasn't available for the Nuggets in 2023-24. Cancar has averaged only 3.5 points and 1.7 rebounds during his career but was in line for an increased role ahead of last season. With that said, Denver may offer him a new minimum contract, so there's a good chance Cancar remains with the Nuggets. However, he won't see much fantasy interest unless he gets routine minutes, regardless of the team he's on.

Jerami Grant Sun Jun 23 1:20pm

According to SNY's Ian Begley, several teams have "checked in" on Portland Trail Blazers forward Jerami Grant. The veteran finished the 2023-24 campaign by averaging 21.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, and 2.8 assists. He also shot a career-high 40.2% from behind the arc. Without question, Grant would bolster a starting lineup for any club. However, he hasn't logged more than 63 games in any of the previous four seasons, which makes him a risky investment for teams. The same is true for fantasy managers.

Klay Thompson Sat Jun 22 10:40pm

According to Anthony Slater of The Athletic, contract talks between guard Klay Thompson and Golden State are "frozen." While the Warriors have the luxury of negotiating a new deal right now, there hasn't been any movement. As a result, Slater indicated that Thompson's exit from Golden State "feels closer and more probable than ever before." The 34-year-old spent time between the starting lineup and a bench role during the 2023-24 campaign. As such, Thompson's statistical contributions regressed from a season ago, and he finished the year by averaging 17.9 points, 3.3 rebounds, and 2.3 assists while shooting 38.7% from behind the arc. At any rate, there are rumblings he could end up in Orlando, a team that has expressed interest. But since there "has been no traction" between both sides, other clubs with money this offseason could enter the equation.

Jeremy Sochan Sat Jun 22 10:30pm

According to Nick Moyle of The San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio Spurs guard/forward Jeremy Sochan (ankle) was cleared to resume basketball activities and is currently training with the Polish national team ahead of the Olympic Qualifying Tournament. The 2022 No. 9 overall pick had a decent sophomore season, averaging 11.6 points, 6.4 rebounds, and 3.4 assists. However, he was limited to 74 games because of ankle surgery. Sochan has several areas that need to be addressed, with his three-point shooting being one of them. But his usage rate could improve if he remains a primary ball-handler, and his involvement in the offense could increase if the Spurs move on from Keldon Johnson this offseason.

Tim Hardaway Jr. Sat Jun 22 10:30pm

According to NBA insider Marc Stein, the Dallas Mavericks are expected to trade guard/forward Tim Hardaway Jr. The 32-year-old, who has one year left on his current deal, has averaged 14 points in the previous three seasons. However, he fell out of the rotation and logged just 12.7 minutes during the postseason. Although Hardaway isn't a reliable fantasy producer, he can get hot when given minutes. With that said, he's worth monitoring if he gets traded, especially if he gets consistent playing time for a new team.

Victor Wembanyama Sat Jun 22 10:20pm

According to Nick Moyle of The San Antonio Express-News, San Antonio Spurs forward/center Victor Wembanyama has been working on his dribbling with the help of former player Jamal Crawford. The 20-year-old had a stellar inaugural campaign, averaging 21.4 points, 10.6 rebounds, 3.6 blocks, and 1.6 steals. As a result, he was named the NBA Rookie of the Year while earning NBA All-Defensive First Team honors. However, he had issues taking care of the ball, logging 3.7 turnovers per contest. Hopefully, Wembanyama's time with Crawford will help him improve. Either way, the 2023 No. 1 overall pick has top-10 fantasy potential in all formats for the 2024-25 season.

Ja Morant Sat Jun 22 10:10pm

Memphis Grizzlies guard Ja Morant (shoulder) is expected to resume basketball activities in the next two weeks. "I hate being around basketball and not being able to play," said Morant at his youth basketball camp. "I don't got too much longer. I can wait to make sure I'm able to play and be cleared when the season comes." The 24-year-old began the 2023-24 campaign, serving a 25-game suspension. He eventually returned, although he suffered a torn labrum that resulted in surgery after appearing in nine contests. But if Morant can stay out of trouble and remain healthy in 2024-25, he has top-10 fantasy potential in all formats.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Sat Jun 22 12:10pm

According to NBA insider Chris Haynes, Denver Nuggets guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope will likely decline his player option if he doesn't agree on a contract extension with his current team. Haynes added that even if KCP declines, that doesn't necessarily mean he'll leave Denver. However, Caldwell-Pope will have a "plethora of teams at his doorstop" if he hits the open market. The 31-year-old has spent the last two seasons with the Nuggets, where he has been instrumental in the team's success. He finished the 2023-24 campaign by averaging 10.1 points and 1.3 steals while shooting 40.6% from behind the arc. With that said, if Caldwell-Pope stays in Denver, he'll have to fight with Nikola Jokic and the rest of the starters for scoring chances. Yet, if he lands on a new team for the 2024-25 season, his production could increase.

Tobias Harris Sat Jun 22 12:00pm

According to NBA insider Chris Haynes, impending free agent forward Tobias Harris is expected to receive "ample interest" from teams this offseason. Haynes mentioned Utah, Detroit, San Antonio, Dallas, and New Orleans as the clubs with the strongest chance of landing the veteran, adding that he doesn't "see a scenario where Tobias is back in Philly." Harris, the No. 19 overall pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, has played for the Bucks, Magic, Pistons, Clippers, and most recently, the 76ers. He finished the 2023-24 campaign by averaging 17.2 points, 6.5 rebounds, and 1.0 steals. Despite being in the league for well over a decade, the 31-year-old could remain a starter for whatever team he lands on. While he's past his prime, he still has a lot to offer fantasy managers, even more so due to his durability.

Mitchell Robinson Fri Jun 21 10:50pm

According to Jake Fischer of, New York Knicks center Mitchell Robinson could be traded this offseason. Per Fischer, the Knicks "have contacted opposing teams about moving Mitchell." However, specific clubs weren't mentioned. The 2018 No. 36 overall pick has averaged 8.0 points, 7.9 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks in six seasons in New York. Yet, he has missed time over the years because of various ailments. With that said, Mitchell's defensive prowess should make him an attractive asset for category participants. But his inability to stay on the floor is an issue.

Brook Lopez Fri Jun 21 10:40pm

Milwaukee Bucks center Brook Lopez could find himself on a new team for the 2024-25 campaign. While it's unknown if the Bucks have engaged in official trade discussions with other clubs around the National Basketball Association, Jake Fischer of reported that Milwaukee is "open to reshaping their roster" and is "gauging" Lopez's value. Despite his age, the 36-year-old is still productive, finishing his most recent season by averaging 12.5 points, 5.2 rebounds, and 2.4 blocks while shooting 36.6% from behind the arc. He's also appeared in 157 games in the last two seasons. Without question, Lopez will draw attention from teams looking for an upgrade underneath the rim. But regardless of where he ends up moving ahead, he could have at least one more quality season for fantasy managers.

Paul George Fri Jun 21 8:10pm

According to Shams Charania of The Athletic, the Philadelphia 76ers interest in Los Angeles Clippers forward Paul George has "waned in recent days." The 34-year-old, who can decline his player option to become an unrestricted free agent, was reportedly high on Philadelphia's wish list this offseason. While there's still a chance that both sides re-engage in discussions this summer, for now, the 76ers may look for alternatives on the open market. George averaged 22.6 points, 5.2 rebounds, 3.5 assists, and 1.5 steals last season. Even better, he appeared in 74 contests. Although his production has declined over the years, he's still a top fantasy option in all formats. That may not change for at least a few more seasons, regardless if he re-signs a massive extension with the Clippers or goes elsewhere.

Drew Eubanks Fri Jun 21 8:00pm

Forward/center Drew Eubanks will decline his $2.6 million player option with the Phoenix Suns, meaning he'll be an unrestricted free agent. The 27-year-old appeared in 75 games for the Suns last season. However, he averaged 5.1 points and 4.3 rebounds, his lowest marks in the previous few seasons. Eubanks also saw only 15 minutes per contest during the 2023-24 campaign. Yet, he'll have double-double upside if he can find minutes on a new team.

Malik Monk Fri Jun 21 7:50pm

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Sacramento Kings guard Malik Monk (knee) plans to sign a four-year, $78 million contract to remain with the team. The 26-year-old was in the running to win the Sixth Man of the Year award, averaging career-highs in points (15.4) and assists (5.1). Unfortunately, he suffered a knee injury near the end of the season and was limited to 72 games. Monk had logged 26.0 minutes per contest during the 2023-24 campaign. He should continue to see the floor as much, if not more, this season, so he'll have plenty of value for fantasy managers.

Alex Caruso Thu Jun 20 6:40pm

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, OKC acquired guard Alex Caruso from Chicago in exchange for Josh Giddey. With Plenty of scorers on the Thunder's roster, the team needed to focus on upgrading things on the defensive end. Caruso obviously fits the bill, considering he is widely regarded as one of the best defenders in the National Basketball Association. The 30-year-old finished the 2023-24 campaign by averaging a career-high 10.1 points, adding 3.8 rebounds, 3.5 assists, 1.7 steals, and 1.0 blocks. Although Caruso's scoring numbers could drop on a team that features Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, he should continue to make a difference for category managers due to his defensive prowess.

Josh Giddey Thu Jun 20 6:30pm

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, the Bulls acquired guard Josh Giddey from OKC. In exchange, the Thunder received guard Alex Caruso. Chicago was expected to be active this offseason to bolster the roster. With Lonzo Ball (knee) still without a return timetable, the move was made to acquire a playmaker. Giddey just completed his third year of service in the National Basketball Association. However, he averaged career-lows in points (12.3), rebounds (6.4), and assists (4.8) while averaging only 25.2 minutes per contest. Without question, the door is open for the 21-year-old to see more scoring opportunities with the Bulls, so it's logical to assume he'll turn things around during the 2024-25 campaign. His statistical contributions could be greater if Chicago can't bring back DeMar DeRozan, who is set to hit unrestricted free agency this summer.